L E White Lumber Company of Elk/Greenwood’s 4-4-0 Locomotive – was it once a 2-6-0?

This photo taken from the 4-4-0 page of our website clearly shows the L E White Lumber  Company’s #1 spot as a 4-4-0. The L E White Lumber Company was located in Elk/Greenwood.

L E White Lumber Company 4-4-0

L E White Lumber Company 4-4-0

Some while ago I located this photograph on the internet:

Saucelito or Ajax?

Saucelito or Ajax?

Now read the appellation that went with the photo: “Could it be that North Pacific Coast No.1 “Saucelito” (old spelling) was built by Baldwin in 1873 as a 2-6-0 and then converted to 4-4-0 by NPC (Northwestern Pacific Company) before sale to L E White Lumber Company in 1876? Here the engine is shown, now named “Ajax,” at Elk, where she served for about 25 years or more hauling logs out of the canyons and down to a mill on the coast.”

Well, was she converted? I had no means of knowing so I just stored the photo. As I have said before in this blog, sooner or later more of/the whole story comes out. I was going through some magazines recently that I had put to one side “to look at later” when lo and behold there was the answer …… in a copy of an old Northwesterner…. Read on like I did.

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